With their loss today to the Indianapolis Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs guaranteed themselves a one of the top two picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 20-13 loss dropped he Chiefs to 2-13 on the season. Save the Jacksonville Jaguars, every other NFL team has at least four wins.
Speaking of Jacksonville, the Jaguars remain the Chiefs’ lone competition for the #1 overall pick in the draft.
Both the Chiefs and the Jags have the same record with one game to go. If the Chiefs win next week and Jacksonville loses, the Jags will have the #1 pick and KC will pick second. If, the Chiefs lose and the Jags win, KC gets the first pick.
But what if they tie?
Since the Chiefs and Jags did not play each other this season, there is no head to head tie-breaker. Thus the next tie-breaker is based on the winning percentage of the teams’ schedule. The team that has the easiest strength of schedule, or to put it another way, the team that was the most pathetic, will get the #1 pick.
Over the course of the last few weeks, the Chiefs have been the most pathetic when it comes to the strength of schedule tie-breaker.
This is how things stood after last week’s games:
1 Kansas City 2 12 0.469
2 Jacksonville 2 12 0.541
We won’t know how this will all shake out until all the games are played.
The Chiefs travel to Denver next week to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Denver will be playing for the #1 seed in the playoffs so you can expect the Broncos will be using their starters.
As for the Jaguars, they will travel to Tennessee to take on the 5-10 Titans.